Memorial Day 2005

Been traveling the past couple of days and away from the computer. But I wanted to make sure I got a Memorial Day post up. I’m going to post a pic my wife took last year and played with a bit. Click for a higher-res version.

The men and women who have died in our wars were fighting for me and my family, even though they didn’t know us and we didn’t know them. I possess merely a tiny fraction of the understanding needed to comprehend the sacrifice that they made. With that tiny fraction, I do my best to remember them. Every day, of course, but on this day especially.

While on my travels, I had the pleasure of visiting the USS YORKTOWN in Charleston, South Carolina, this afternoon. While wandering the great ship, I happened to notice this among the thousands of displays:


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It says WITHIN AND NEAR THESE EXHIBIT COMPARTMENTS 32 MEN DIED AND 71 WERE WOUNDED 16 APRIL 1945 WHILE FIGHTING 50 KAMIKAZES.

Right there. Right where I and my family were standing.

Sixty years ago. Before my kids were born. Before I was born. Before my parents were born.

And those men died fighting for all of us.

I don’t know what else to say about it.

Comments

  1. Wish I had known you were visiting my fair city, Charleston, I would have given you a tour. Hope you saw the Healing Field on Marion Square with the 1700+ flags flying. I was there on Memorial Day posting the flags.